24 Aug

The Simple Business Plan – Mission, Vision, Values

Mission, Vision, Values.  Each of these contributes to the story of your business. The development of your mission, vision, and values will help you define your organization’s strategy, the direction it will go and become successful. If you haven’t developed your Mission, Vision, and Values your employees will not know which direction you want to go, and your customers will be confused.  Exploring each of these will help you understand their importance but also the role they play in the success of your business.

We’ll begin with Mission

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17 Aug

The Simple Business Plan

Let’s be honest; business is hard.  As the old saying goes, “if it were easy, everyone would do it.”  Well, it isn’t, and it’s time we acknowledge that.  Fortunately, there are people like me who work hard to help business owners simplify the process; to help make business easier.  A key part of the business process is the Business Plan.  Often reviled, commonly misunderstood and even abhorred, having a Business Plan is important to success.  Simplifying the business plan development process is a part of what I do.  Having a  business plan affords you all of the advantages of the more common and complex one without the extensive amount of work and detail commonly used to create them.

Do you need a business plan?  Only if you want to be successful.  If you can’t plan your work and then work your plan, all you are doing is floating along.  Whether you are a startup or an existing business, a good business plan will help you be successful.

Let’s talk about business plans:

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27 Jul

FOCUS

Focus is our ability to concentrate on something.  To devote our efforts and energy to that something.  In business, we tend to focus on many things.  This multi-focus approach, sometimes labeled multi-tasking, usually results in a lot of things not being done well.  This doesn’t mean we should only do one thing at a time.  What we must do is manage our focus, ensure that what we focus on truly matters and that it adds value.  We have to ensure that the goals we set are important, that they support our strategy and that what we do achieves desired results.  How do we manage our focus?

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20 Jul

Is Simple A Better Way?

I’m sure we’ve all seen it, someone very proud of the process, or solution, they have developed.  It is complex and demonstrates how smart the developer is while amazing those who see it with its complexity.  To master such a tool must mean that we too are intelligent and worthy of the positions we hold.   Complex systems for many is a matter of pride while simple processes are looked upon with little value.   Yet, we must ask if it is that complex then what value does it bring?   That’s a good question.  Or to put it another way,   Is Simple A Better Way?

What do we mean when we say Simple is a better way?

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13 Jul

I Need Someone To Hold Me Accountable

One of the most common reasons people reach out to me for my Coaching and Advising services is accountability.  “Don, I need someone to hold me accountable,” is the question.  My response varies, but the bottom line is this, I can help you improve accountability, but the actual ability to holding yourself accountable is internal.  In other words, ultimately, you must hold yourself accountable.  If over the long term, you need someone to do that for you, then there are other issues at play, and the lack of accountability is but a symptom.

So how can someone build the skills for holding themselves accountable?  Read on my friends, the answer is simple:

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